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Homage to Catalonia by George Orwell
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Mar 21, 2010

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bookshelves: biography, classic, autobiography, non-fiction
Read in October, 2006

I enjoyed this memoir of Orwell's time serving in the fight against fascism during the Spanish Civil War. This is a book I've been meaning to read for a while but it wasn't until it turned up on the reading list for a course on the Spanish Civil War that I'm doing in December which gave me the kick to read it.

One problem that I, having no prior knowledge whatsoever of the War, found is that Orwell throws you right into it, with very little background. I found myself googling various acronyms that he splattered through without explanation. The book is a very good memoir of the war as he saw it, and the problems that he encountered, both military and political, but I wouldn't recommend it for an overview of the Spanish Civil War.
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